Can my kid cope with French schools?

ImageQ: I am moving from the States to Paris in the fall with my 6-year-old son who will attend a French public school. Since he doesn't speak any French I worry that he'll be traumatized when he realizes he can neither understand a thing, nor make himself understood. How can I make the transition easier for him?

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Tasty tips...French aperitifs

ImageTerrace weather is here and having a drink at a strategically placed people-watching café is one of the pleasures of living in Paris. Here are some tips on some of France's favorite after-six drinks.

Dubonnet
A bitter aperitif invented in Paris in 1846 by Joseph Dubonnet. Dubonnet is made from wines from Roussillon, ...


Paris' Swinging Gypsy Jazz Scene

Originating in the suburbs of Paris in the 1930s, this distinctively energetic style of jazz was created by the legendary Django Reinhardt, who played with fellow gypsy musicians in Parisian jazz haunts during the 1930s and 1940s. Reinhardt grew up in a caravan in the Parisian suburbs and famously lost the use of two ...


Kati Horna Paris Retrospective

The photographer Kati Horna   (Szilasbalhási, Hungary, 1912–Mexico, 2000) is relatively unknown outside the photo cognoscenti.  Paris' Jeu de Paume aims to change this with a major retrospective of her work put together in collaboration with the Museo Amparo in Puebla (Mexico). This first retrospective of her ...


Paris Terrasses, Outdoor Dining in Paris

One of the summer pleasures of Paris is having a drink at an outdoor cafe terrace. "Paris Terrasses, Outdoor Dining in Paris" published just in time for the season is a new 2014 updated bilingual guide to Paris' outdoor dining gems ranging from terraces on rooftops such as "Les Ombres" decorated by the archtect Jean ...


How We Didn't Buy a House in Besançon

Jon Lewis' charming book "How We Didn't Buy a House in Besancon" tells the tale of challenges encountered when buying property in France. Required reading for anyone contemplating retiring here. Finally succeeding at finding his dream home, he and his wife Josée now live in the South of France, eight hours drive from ...


Paris' Free Museums

With over 30 million visitors a year, Paris is the world’s most visited city. Among its many attractions are its 153 museums, which showcase an incredibly diverse collection of art from all around the world. In a bid to widen accessibility to this impressive cultural heritage, the city of Paris has allowed free ...


Cruising the Canal de l’Ourcq
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La Ferte Milon© A Simms

The prettiest and least visited part of the Canal de l'Ourcq, which enters Paris at Porte de la Villette, is its beginning at Port aux Perches in the Aisne département, 70 km north east of the capital.  

The River Ourcq has always been important to Paris, originally supplying the city with ...


Vincent van Gogh Revisited in Auvers-sur-Oise
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Auberge Ravoux © Miyazaki

Autumn is an ideal time to visit the town Auver Sur Oise where the artist Vincent van Gogh spent his final days. In this picturesque village located just a short train ride from Paris you can walk in van Gogh’s footsteps, from his attic room at the Auberge Ravoux to the places where he ...


The Lighter Side of Paris

I once asked the French photographer Boubat if he was a romantic. He responded saying no "I'm a humanist. I'm interested in photographing people. There's enough bad to be seen in the world.  I like to photograph and show what is good."

French Humanist Photographers were among the best at portraying poetic moments and ...


Saying cheese in French
ImageFerme des Arenne
 

The tastes of autumn... Fall is a lovely time to stroll through a Paris market and take the opportunity to reconnect with local merchants. Your cheese vendor, wineshop keeper and greengrocer can help you celebrate France's autumn bounty by pointing out in-season foods that complement each other, ...


"Miranda Road"

Heather Reyes'  new novel "Miranda Road" is partly set in Paris in late sixties, seventies and eighties (and also goes back to Vichy France). The book is due to be published at the beginning of May. Novelist Maggie Gee has already called the book: 'rich, poetic, painterly, wise and tender..."

"Miranda Road" tells the ...

  

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